The Brookfield Academy girls swim team had a fantastic last meet before sectionals, competing in the Racine Case Invitational on Friday.
Sophomore Carissa Herbert dropped a second in her 50 freestyle (29:05), placing fourth overall and second in the sophomore division. She also placed sixth in the sophomore division of the 100 breaststroke with 1:31.66.
Junior Morgan Malatesta had an excellent first race, dropping two seconds in the 100 butterfly (1:10.77) and taking third place overall and first place in the junior division. Malatesta placed third overall and first in the junior division in her 100 backstroke (1:17.20).
Junior Emily Marks swam a solid 100 free, placing first overall with a time of 1:01.02. Marks dropped a second in her 100 breaststroke placing first overall with a time of 1:14.54.
The team has sectionals Saturday at Plymouth High School.
- Emily Marks Student Reporter
The team got off to a slow start in its WIAA regional match Oct. 16 at Racine Prairie and fell 3-1. The Blue Knights lost the first two games of the match, won the third, and lost the fourth.
During the season, senior Lindsey Johnson led the team in serving aces and assists and senior Sammi Frohwirth led in digs. Sophomore Ugo Aguwa and freshman Margaret Novacek led in kills.
The team will lose seniors Josie Francis, Frohwirth, Clara Jace, Johnson and Valerie Lumsden.
- Sammi Frohwirth Student Reporter
Preseason picks showed BA finishing at the bottom of the Midwest Classic Conference. But the Blue Knights began the season by trouncing Oakfield in Week 1.
The team experienced a minor setback the following week when it suffered a 49-13 defeat to Lake Country Lutheran. But the Blue Knights came roaring back the next week to beat Living Word Lutheran, 21-0 - the first shutout by a BA defense in three years.
The Knights faced a tough test in Week 4 as they took on the SWCHA Saints. A couple of missed opportunities proved to be their downfall as they suffered a heartbreaking 23-20 loss that came right down to the wire.
Coming off the loss, the Knights dispatched University School of Milwaukee, 47-18, and HOPE School, 34-14, the latter during Homecoming.
However, this game left several starters injured, including freshman Jack Leszczynski with a concussion and sophomore Pat Novacek with a sprained ankle. The next week was a tough matchup: BA played Messmer/Shorewood, a game voted Wisconsin's game of the week and broadcast on ESPN 540 and ESPNWisconsin.com. Messwood won 42-6.
The final game of the season, against St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, was for third place in the MCC and a spot in the playoffs. The Knights lost 21-20 but qualified for the playoffs for the sixth straight year. They received an eighth seed and lost at Brillion, 48-0. The Blue Knights' defense kept the Lions from scoring in the second half.
The Blue Knights will lose 12 seniors. Captains Dominic Ricci (quarterback), Jake Kolasinski (WR/LB), Mike Shammo (OL/DL), and Mike Sportiello (RB/DL) set a high standard for next year's captains.
- Liam Dooley Student Reporter
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